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Summary

  1. World Cup FT: New Zealand 34-17 Australia
  2. Milner-Skudder, Nonu, Barrett tries, Carter 2 cons, 4 pens, 1 DG for All Blacks
  3. Pocock, Kuridrani tries, Foley pen & 2 cons for Australia
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  1. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    New Zealand celebrate

    Pack up the moon, dismantle the sun, this tournament is done.

    It's been a beaut - full of fans, passion, tries and narrow winning margins - and the team playing the most beautiful rugby will take home the Cup.

    The hosts of the party departed indecently early, but it didn't stop things swinging.

    Roll on Japan 2019 and rugby's foray into a bold new frontier.

    Oh, and the British and Irish Lions class of 2017? Good luck with that lads. 

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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

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  5. Stats of the day

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    • New Zealand are the first side to win back to back World Cups
    • This is the All Blacks' first World Cup title outside of New Zealand, with their 1987 and 2011 victories both coming on home soil
    • The side leading at half-time has now won all eight Rugby World Cup finals
    • New Zealand's Ma’a Nonu, 33, became the oldest player to score a try in a Rugby World Cup final
    • This was the highest scoring final in Rugby World Cup history, the tally of five tries is also a record.
    • Dan Carter has scored 126 points at Twickenham, more than any other non-England player and the eighth of anyone
  6. Player reaction - Carter

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Dan Carter

    Dan Carter has been reflecting on his personal World Cup redemption after missing the All Blacks' 2011 triumph through injury. The Kiwi points-machine scored 19 points as he waved a winning farewell to his international career. Talk about reading the script...

    "This victory means a lot - it was a dark place four years ago and I've had to work extremely hard to be here today," he tells ITV.

    "I'm proud of the boys and what they have achieved. Becoming the first team to retain the trophy shows how special this side is."

    On his crucial drop goal: "I practiced a few in the back garden with my old man! I was pleased it went over, I was yelling at the ball to go over and it did. It gave us breathing space."

    On his glittering international career: "This win is right up there with everything I've done in my career - it is the ultimate achievement. It has been an amazing career and to finish like this is hard to believe."

  7. Metres - and a star - made

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Nehe Milner-Skudder

    While we bid farewells to the likes of McCaw, Carter and Nonu, there has been a new All Black star born at this World Cup.

    Nehe Milner-Skudder only played 64 minutes of the final, but made 115 metres, 15 carries and four clean breaks - more than any other New Zealander.

  8. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Former England captain Will Carling sounds a tad excited. 

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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    New Zealand number eight Kieran Read on ITV: "This is pretty surreal. Not just to win the World Cup once, but twice, it's a dream.

    On All Blacks team-mates Dan Carter and Richie McCaw: "They're going to go down in history as the greats of this game. This victory is deserved for them."

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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

  12. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    All Black haka

    New Zealand line up - World Cup trophy front and centre - and perform a celebratory haka in front of their fans.

    Less eye-rolling and a whole lot more smiling than in the pre-match version.

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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Julian Spence: It was a captivating final to an exhilarating tournament! Both teams gave it all they had! 

    Mariaargh: Would have only been improved by Paul O'Connell lifting the Webb Ellis Cup! New Zealand worthy winners. Best World Cup ever

    Lewis: No team came close to the All Blacks, congratulations! What a send off!

  14. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    David Pocock

    Australia's David Pocock has had time to tweet while licking his wounds. 

  15. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Success tastes good. Star baker Paul Hollywood congratulates a star team. 

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    New Zealand players celebrate

    Andrew, Richhill: The All Blacks have won the Rugby World Cup for a number of reasons. The easiest to mention is because they have the best team with the best individual players with the best execution of skills under pressure. But another big reason is because of their meticulous preparation. Before their pool stage match vs Tonga the coaches deliberately exhausted the players in training to replicate playing under mental and physical fatigue. Incredible. 

  17. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Sir Clive Woodward knows what it takes to win a World Cup, though he only won it once. 

  18. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I don't doubt that the team will vote McCaw and Carter to clean the dressing room. They do it. They're both country boys and have no problem getting their hands dirty anyway.

    The All Blacks apparently take it upon themselves to clean up the dressing room personally after every game.

    "We always want to make sure that the place we go to, we leave it in as good if not better shape than we arrived," said Sam Whitelock in May.

  19. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips sums it up succinctly. 

  20. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Richie McCaw lifts the World Cup

    Richie McCaw hoists the Rugby World Cup to the heavens and ticker-tape and pyro follow.

    The All Blacks - like rugby teams all around the world - celebrate with a bit of sing-song.

    Nothing to quench their post-tournament thirst just yet, but I'm sure one of the World Cup sponsors will have something chilling back in their dressing room.

  21. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Former internationals congratulate history-makers New Zealand on social media. 

  22. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Richie McCaw and Prince Harry

    Prince Harry is doing his duty for Commonwealth relations - laughing, joking and congratulating each and every All Black player in person as they step up to press the flesh and collect the spoils.

    Coach Steve Hansen, having placed a call back to the folks back home, has been spotted smiling. Happy days.

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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Sekope Kepu consoles Will Genia
    Quote Message: They showed character and the character has been instilled in the spine of the team by Michael Cheika. Nobody in Australia 12 months ago would have thought they'd be in this position. They're in an upward cycle. They are very good and they will get better.
  25. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Michael Chieka

    Australia head coach Michael Cheika: "We fought back bravely, but they're the world champions and they deserve to be. I always believed, even at the end - but it wasn't to be that way. I'm really proud of my lads and I really want to thank the Australian public, both here and in Australia, for getting behind rugby.

    "New Zealand won fair and square and they've been the form team since the last World Cup. We wanted to challenge them tonight, and I think we did, but we just came up short."

  26. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I think the game has changed with this tournament. I think the breakdown has changed. You've got to play with the ball when you've got it. It will change the way other teams play because unless they do I don't think they'll compete with these two teams.
  27. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Stephen Moore collects a medal

    Time to dish out the precious metals.

    First up are the Aussies to get their runners-up neckwear,

    Prince Harry is on prize-giving duties, offering hearty slaps of condolence on green and gold shoulders.

    Bernard Foley returns the favour, grabbing some suited regal bicep.

  28. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Praise for everyone from former Australia international Tim Horan. 

  29. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Stephen Moore

    Australia captain Stephen Moore: "It's all about New Zealand tonight - they thoroughly deserved to win. They have been the best team in the tournament and they played really well tonight. 

    "There are no excuses from us, I'm proud of the effort we put in and the way we fought our way back into the match. Sometimes you just come up against a better team and that was the case tonight. 

    "At half-time we talked about getting back into the game, we did that, but they showed their class at the end. Congratulations to New Zealand." 

  30. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

  31. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: The hard work that New Zealand had done in the first half, to get that much ahead, was invaluable. The way they soaked up all that Wallaby pressure... You could see Carter and McCaw talking to their team, they were just very cool and calm. Right calls, right positions.
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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Steve Hansen

    New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen: "I'm very proud of the boys. To be fair to the Australians, I thought they played their heart out too so a big shout out to them. It's a great way to finish. You couldn't script it any better. We'll celebrate at some stage I'm sure."

  33. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Richie McCaw

    Richie McCaw on BBC Radio 5 live: "We said four years ago that we get on the road again with this being the end goal, try and do something no-one else has done. I'm so proud of the guys. we lost a bit of momentum in the second half but we kept our composure and came back strong. 

    "I wouldn't say anxious. I knew the momentum was against us but we've been in those situations before. it'a a matter of not panicking. I've done it many times over the years, but to do it in a World Cup final shows the caliber of me we've got."

    Will he retire? "I still don't want it to end. I'm still part of this team, I'm going to enjoy today, how can you have enough of this? I don't think you ever have enough of it. If you get moments like this why would you ever call it a day." 

  34. New Zealand win World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    New Zealand players celebrate
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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Dan Carter

    Dan Carter on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm pretty grateful to be where I am considering what happened four years ago. I'm so proud of the team. To win back-to-back World Cups is a dream come true. It's a pretty strong group of guys. We try to do things no other team has done before... it's a special feeling to be part of such a great team."

  36. New Zealand win World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Ben Smith's yellow card almost saw the match slip out of the All Blacks' grasp, but they turned on their concentration and snuffed out the Aussies.

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  37. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    New Zealand are the first country to win the World Cup three times. They are also the first to successfully defend the little gold fella after lifting it four years ago.

  38. New Zealand win World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    David Pocock and Richie McCaw chat, smile and shake hands. It is like watching two Easter Island statues come to life - mighty, mighty men.

    It is quite probably the last time we see Richie McCaw in an All Black shirt. And Pocock will be fast entering that equation of best back rows of all time if he continues as he has played in this tournament.

  39. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half

    Dan Carter
    Quote Message: Dan Carter thoroughly deserves that man-of-the-match award. To see him in this sort of a moment, the accuracy and clinical precision of his kicking and general play, it's fantastic for him. But he'll be the first to say it's not about him, it's about the team.
  40. New Zealand win the World Cup

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    New Zealand players celebrate

    Whoops and hollers from the New Zealand team as they are engulfed by their entourage on the sidelines.

    This is their first World Cup triumph on foreign soil after wins at home in 1987 and 2011.

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    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

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  42. New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Kieran Read
    Quote Message: That was the most incredible piece of defending from any team I've ever seen. So disciplined from the All Blacks, then - boom boom - try.
  43. Converted try

    New Zealand 34-17 Australia

    Beauden Barrett

    That is the ball game.

    Australia chance their arm as Kurtely Beale scissors with Drew Mitchell but the ball fails to make the transition. It goes to ground, Ben Smith swoops, weaves clear and boots upfield.

    A footrace and Beauden Barrett is the winner by a clear head.

    Extras from Carter.

  44. New Zealand 27-17 Australia

    Drew Mitchell - a hint of a gap - he darts. A half break but the cover tackle dislodges the ball.

    New Zealand boot clear and the Aussies are back to halfway and having to build again...

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    New Zealand 27-17 Australia

    Former England hooker Brian Moore has fallen in love... 

  46. New Zealand 27-17 Australia

    Israeal Folau

    Australia - as they must - are running from everywhere.

    Relentless phases. They are up to the Kiwi 22m, Where is the hole?

  47. New Zealand 27-17 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Star quality, that's what you need to win this World Cup and New Zealand have a lot of it.
  48. Penalty - Carter

    New Zealand 27-17 Australia

    Dan Carter

    Hard, true, straight and... over.

    The last drop of energy behind the ball sends it sneaking over the bar and the All Blacks are 10 clear.

    Australia need to play a wildcard and quickly.

  49. New Zealand 24-17 Australia

    A bit of a to-do on the half-way line as the rejigged scrums make acquaintance with their opposition.

    Greg Holmes sags to the floor and that is a penalty to the All Blacks. Is it kickable?

    Dan Carter is going to give it a bash. He is a couple of metres inside the Aussie half...

  50. Replacement

    New Zealand 24-17 Australia

    Tawera Kerr-Barlow is on at scrum-half for the All Blacks.  

  51. New Zealand 24-17 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: It was a beautiful strike from Dan Carter. Nothing on for the All Blacks going out right so he took the three points. Classy move.
  52. New Zealand 24-17 Australia

    Dan Carter and Aaron Smith celebrate

    As we told you earlier, New Zealand have never seen a half-time lead of 13 points or more overturned. You may remember, however, the All Blacks throwing away a 24-10 second-half advantage against France in the 1999 World Cup semi-final. But that Dan Carter drop goal has eased the pressure...

  53. New Zealand 24-17 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: New Zealand got into the mode of keeping it among the forwards when Ben Smith was off and they've not been able to get out of that. They do seem pretty tired.
  54. Drop-goal - Carter

    New Zealand 24-17 Australia

    Dan Carter scores a drop-goal

    Dan Carter hits only the eighth drop-goal of his international career - but, as in the semi-final against the Boks - it is a priceless one.

    A lovely snapped effort out of nothing from 35m out.

    All Blacks out to seven points clear

  55. New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    Former Australia dual-code international Lote Tuquiri will need to visit a home furnishing store tomorrow afternoon... 

  56. New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    New Zealand are up on the Aussie 22m. The return of Ben Smith has helped revive them.

    Dan Carter chips ahead - looking for Sonny Bill Williams - but a scampering Kurtley Beale claims the mark.

  57. New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    Dan Carter is suddenly barking orders like a tank commander.

    The All Black fly-half looks a little ruffled. The Aussies are far too close for comfort on the scoreboard.

  58. New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: These tactical kicks from Australia are finding space behind the All Blacks and they don't know how to deal with it. If this continues, we're in for a ferocious final 15 minutes.
  59. Wallabies bounce back

    New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    Sekope Kepu

    Australia have made 166 meters ball in hand in the last 15 minutes - 10 metres more than they made in the whole of the match leading up to that point.

  60. New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    Changes for both sides on the wings.

    Nehe Milner-Skudder heads off the pitch, Beauden Barrett is into the fray.

    Drew Mitchell departs for the Aussies and Matt Toomua is on.

    Ben Smith is back on after his sin-bin and finds his side in a lot stickier situation from the one when he saw yellow.

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    New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    Tevita Kuridrani celebrates

    Plenty of "wowing" on social media after that Australia try. England number eight Nick Easter has his say...

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  63. New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Bernard Foley
    Quote Message: Fantastic vision from Bernard Foley. Foley saw there was acres of space behind the All Black line and that's a great little kick over the top. Australia right in this game.
  64. Converted try - Kuridrani

    New Zealand 21-17 Australia

    Tevita Kuridrani scores a try

    Hello. HELLO.

    Australia are back to within a converted score and we have the mother and father of all finales on the cards.

    Will Genia teases a lovely chip over the top of the flat All Black defence, Bernard Foley skilfully gathers the bouncing ball and slips the pass inside to Tevita Kuridrani.

    Under the sticks he goes and Foley clips over the extras.

  65. New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Ben Smith
    Quote Message: The All Blacks keeping hold of the ball, waiting for that sin bin to end. But Australia are right in this game. What's been noticable in the second half is that their ball from the breakdown has been a lot quicker and cleaner. Australia, when they have possession, look dangerous.
  66. New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    I think the New Zealanders are going back to the clinical, tight game that suffocated the life out of the Springboks in the second half of the semi-final.

    Plenty of runners close to the fringes of the breakdown as they play low-risk rugby and run down the clock on full-back Ben Smith's sin-binning.

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    New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    The former Wales outside-half tweeted "game over" after Nonu's try, but has he now changed his mind? 

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    New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    Ben Smith
  69. Replacement

    New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    Ben Franks comes on for Joe Moody in the All Black front row.

    The Aussie complete their front-row freshen-up as props James Slipper and Greg Holmes arrive off the pine.

  70. New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    Drew Mitchell

    Australia are looking as keen as starved dingos suddenly.

    They are buzzing around the depleted All Blacks with menace. Drew Mitchell swerves up into the All Black 22m.

    Streetwise stuff from the All Blacks though targetting an under-manned breakdown and earning themselves a penalty and some respite.

  71. Replacement

    New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    Stephen Moore

    Changes for both teams in the front row.

    Charlie Faumuina is on for the All Blacks while Tatafu Polota-Nau has replaced Aussie captain Stephen Moore at hooker.

  72. New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Australia players celebrate
    Quote Message: That's a fantastic response from the Wallabies. The All Blacks will feel they've given up the advantage. I don't think they'll go into their shells but they'll tighten up.
  73. New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: The trouble is, Ben Smith has pulled Drew Mitchell's leg up in the air, up above the horizontal. I think by Ben Smith's reaction and Richie McCaw's reaction, they understand that decision.
  74. Converted try - Pocock

    New Zealand 21-10 Australia

    David Pocock scores a try

    Australia take the line-out from the penalty safely, get set and low and shove the mound of humanity over the line.

    David Pocock was the man in possession as the green and gold rolled home.

    Bernard Foley adds the extras.

    Eleven points down, a man up and more than 25 minutes to go. How'd you like those maths?

  75. Sin-bin

    New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    Nigel Owens shows a yellow card

    Australia up to within five metres.

    Ben Smith up-ends Drew Mitchell in the tackle. The Aussie's legs are well above the horizontal and, on review, the Kiwi is sent for a 10-minute sit-down. 

  76. New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    This game is opening up now. New Zealand shove the Aussies back at scrum-time and win the ball against the head. Nehe Milner-Skudder goes screaming down the wing.

    Kurtley Beale intercepts though! Can he go the length? No. Inside Dan Carter he goes, but he is brought down.

    Kurtley Beale and Dan Carter
  77. Stats in their favour

    New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    The All Blacks have made 365 metres to 156, 155 passes to 47, and eight offloads to none - there's no doubt the champions deserve their lead.  

  78. New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    That is more like it from the Aussies.

    Kurtley Beale steps off his left foot and pops Drew Mitchell into a hole at 100mph as the winger comes in off whitewash like a rocket.

    But the All Blacks are canny. They almost pinch the ball as an isolated Mitchell is hauled down on halfway.

    Ref Owens awards the scrum to the Aussies.

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    New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    Praise for Sonny Bill Williams from former England international Ugo Monye.

    Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by two Australia players
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    New Zealand 21-3 Australia

  82. New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    Australia as cooked as the last shrimp on the barbie?

    It looks that way. Mountains to climb and chasms to bridge if they are to pull this one back now.

  83. New Zealand 21-3 Australia

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  84. New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: This is a very tricky five minutes for Australia because New Zealand are going to enjoy this. They're going to enjoy playing in a World Cup final.
  85. New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Sonny Bill Williams - two touches of the ball and two amazing offloads in the same passage of play. Ma'a Nonu - what a try. Tremendous to watch.
  86. All Blacks running riot

    New Zealand 21-3 Australia

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  87. Try - Nonu, missed con

    New Zealand 21-3 Australia

    Ma'a Nonu

    A lovely zagging and zigging run from Ma'a Nonu as he sniffs out a gap on the Australia 10m and then makes mincemeat of the cover, leaving Kurtely Beale on the seat of his pants and holding off Drew Mitchell as he ploughs over in the corner. 

    Excellent work from replacement Sonny Bill Williams, who has overloaded twice already and bought his side some serious extra yards.

    Dan Carter misses the conversion. His first kick to go astray as our graphic below shows.

    Dan Carter
  88. Kick-off

    New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    We are back up and running.

    Conrad Smith's switch off the pitch looks like it was tactical. He is sitting on the sidelines and apparently uninjured.

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  90. New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Conrad Smith
    Quote Message: I just wonder whether they think Conrad Smith is a little bit spent after that first half.
  91. Replacement

    New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    News of a change in the New Zealand backline.

    Sonny Bill Williams is coming on to bring his directness and offload ability to the All Blacks.

    Conrad Smith gives way.

  92. Half-time

    New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    More possession, more territory, more points. New Zealand are running the show at Twickers.

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    New Zealand 16-3 Australia

  96. 13 points clear and over the horizon

    New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    No team has ever come from behind at half-time to win a World Cup final.

    That is a sample of seven matches. The Wallabies will be hoping to buck that trend.

  97. Line-out troubles for Australia

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  98. New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup on BBC Radio 5 live

    New Zealand players
    Quote Message: New Zealand have been in control of possession and territory. Whatever it takes, you've got to take out of your territory when playing New Zealand. If New Zealand get it right, this could be a rampage.
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    New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    Kritt Normsaskul: Australia have hardly threatened the New Zealand try line and lost key players to injury. It's not looking good for the men in gold  

    KN: The All Blacks' handling leading up to that try was just out of this world

  100. New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    Nehe Milner-Skudder

    Milner-Skudder only made his All Black debut back in August.

    It has been quite a good few months for the man.

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  102. Half-time

    New Zealand 16-3 Australia

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  103. New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    New Zealand's players celebrate
    Quote Message: They've finally broken down that Australian defence. It's got to be said the All Blacks have benefited from a few decisions to be in the Australian end, but that's clinical finishing. Just the timing of the runs have been exemplary.
  104. New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Australia's players
    Quote Message: Australia could have had 30 men on the pitch and they would not have stopped that try. I've not seen anything like it.
  105. Converted try - Milner-Skudder

    New Zealand 16-3 Australia

    Nehe Milner-Skudder scores

    Lovely, all-court, 15-man running rugby from the All Blacks, finished off by the most dangerous man on the pitch.

    Ben Smith switches the ball inside to Aaron Smith, who spots the overlap and springs Nehe Milner-Skudder into the corner.

    But was there an accidental offside a few phases back - it looked like Ma'a Nonu ran into his own man but Nigel Owens stayed silent.

    A dead-eyed conversion from Dan Carter and the All Blacks head inside for half-time with a commanding lead.

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    New Zealand 9-3 Australia

    Nigel Owens

    Maximilian Kinsky: I think I'd prefer watching Nigel Owens' season highlights rather than Chelsea's, even as a Chelsea fan.

    Ed Dymott: Is the Rugby World Cup still going on? I thought the last game of the tournament was 10th Oct in Manchester?

  107. New Zealand 9-3 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: The ball was quite clearly forward.
  108. Penalty - Carter

    New Zealand 9-3 Australia

    Dan Carter

    Dan Carter makes it three out of three. Spotless so far off the tee from the All Blacks main man.

  109. New Zealand 6-3 Australia

    Kurtley Beale

    Kurtley Beale with a lovely aerial take, plucking the ball out the sky and spinning free of a couple of defenders.

    Great cover from Ma'a Nonu to snuff out the spritely replacement.

    All Blacks with the line-out. Safe and sound and a burst down the left wing. Ref Owens misses a forward pass from Milner-Skudder and awards a penalty the way of the All Blacks.

    Jeers from the crowd as Dan Carter lines up his kick.

  110. New Zealand 6-3 Australia

    A line-out is overthrown

    The Australians have a line-out shaped problem.

    Stephen Moore lobs it clean over the back and All Black scrum-half Aaron smith gratefully gobble sit up.

    They need to tighten up there. And sharpish.

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  112. New Zealand 6-3 Australia

    One for the spotter's guide.

    Number eight Kieran Reed is back deep, fields a long kick and comes over all Zinzan Brooke in 1995, putting boot to ball.

    A thumping up and under from the forward, but Australia have claimed it. And won a penalty. Which they kick into All Black turf.  

  113. Replacement

    New Zealand 6-3 Australia

    Matt Giteau

    A second change for Australia. Inside centre Matt Giteau has copped a heavy hit trying to tackle Kieran Read and is off with concussion.

    Kurtley Beale is on in his place.

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  115. Penalty - Carter

    New Zealand 6-3 Australia

    Dan Carter plonks it through the middle, kicking boot swinging true and fast through the ball.

  116. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Dan Carter is tackled high by Kepu

    Sekope Kepu's arm strays north in a tackle on Dan Carter, effectively handing off the All Black fly-half, even though he is the tackler rather than tacklee.

    Penalty New Zealand, 35m out and on a slight angle.

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    New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    BBC Radio 5 live presenter Mark Pougatch reveals a tad too much... and, especially for you, we've included BBC 5 live Sport's magnificent response.   

  118. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    The Australian line-out is spluttering. Stephen Moore fails to pick out Rob Simmons in the middle of the queue and the ball is back in Dan Carter's mitts.

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    New Zealand 3-3 Australia

  120. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    The Australians are starting to dominate the breakdown. They are there first, in numbers, and are harder to shift than week-old chewing gum.

    Scott Fardy is the latest to steal the ball from All Black hands, getting his talons on it as Julian Savea hits the deck.

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  122. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    While the scoreboard informs us that the two teams are level, the territory and possession statistics paint a different picture. As our snazzy graphic below shows, the All Blacks are enjoying more of the ball and the match is being played predominantly in the Australia half. 

    New Zealand v Australia
  123. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Nigel Owens
    Quote Message: I think that's a good decision by the referee. There is that split-second moment where you're committed or you pull out... 90% of the time I pulled out! That's a good decision not to card him. I'm glad.
  124. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Dan Carter

    Australia prop Scott Sio has nailed Dan Carter. A full-whiplash inducer and the medic is on to look after the Kiwi number 10.

    Slaps on the back for Sio from his team-mates but the ball had left Carter's hands a moment before his tackle landed.

    Is he in trouble? Ref Owens decides that it was late, but only a little late and awards a penalty, keeping his cards dry for now.

  125. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Bernard Foley, David Pocock and Michael Hooper
    Quote Message: If you're going to play tap-and-go rugby against Australia you've got to make sure everyone's on board. Against Hooper and Pocock, you've got to be in a pod to win it or you're going to be turned over.
  126. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Michael Hooper throws his hair back out of his eyes like the Ultimate Warrior. 

    The Aussie flanker has just pulled off a superb piece of breakdown wrestling, securing a turnover as the All Blacks tap and go from a penalty close to the Aussie line and get isolated.

    Pressure relieved on the Wallabies.

  127. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Contentious call this from Nigel Owen.

    He rules that Stephen Moore trips All Black scrum-half Aaron Smith at the back of the ruck. It looks like Smith might have run into Moore's prone legs.

    The All Blacks kick into the corner for another prime piece of real estate.

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    Former England hooker Brian Moore is giving a running match commentary on Twitter. 

  129. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

  130. Replacement

    New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Kane Douglas

    Wallaby lock Kane Douglas has come down very awkwardly as his lifters fail to get into position to look after him.

    That looks like his race run in this match. He limps off and Dean Mumm is on in his place.

  131. New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I was wondering whether Nigel Owens was going to kick it himself. He's done everything else for the Wallabies in the last two minutes!
  132. Penalty - Foley

    New Zealand 3-3 Australia

    Bernard Foley

    Over she goes. Bernard Foley gives Australia parity in a game they have been second best in so far.

  133. New Zealand 3-0 Australia

    A scrum

    Penalty Australia! First scrum of the game and it is a conclusive win for the green and gold as Scott Sio trumps Owen Franks.

    It is pretty much bang in front. Should be meat and drink for Bernard Foley.

  134. New Zealand 3-0 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Stephen Moore is tackled
    Quote Message: What's been noticeable so far is that the Australians haven't been going forward in the breakdown. The All Blacks have stopped the Australians getting the quick ball that they really covet.
  135. New Zealand 3-0 Australia

    Argh! Painful for All Black full-back Ben Smith who gets a right blighter of a bounce as he fields a kick on his own 22m and knocks on.

    Australia get a staging post deep inside All Black territory.

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  137. New Zealand 3-0 Australia

    A probing kick into the backfield by Ben Smith. Bernard Foley gets back to tidy up, but - trapped tight to the touchline - he has no angle to work with.

    Foley punts upfield, but that is a net gain of territory for the All Blacks.

    The favourites have made a strong start.

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  139. Action areas

    New Zealand 3-0 Australia

    So the All Blacks have kicked the scoreboard into life - their slender lead deserved after a lightning-quick start.

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  140. New Zealand 3-0 Australia

    A turnover on halfway for New Zealand as an All Black forward is allowed plenty of time to wrestle with the tackled man.

    Ref Nigel Owens is allowing a contest at the breakdown.

  141. New Zealand 3-0 Australia

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly- on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: A real concern for the All Blacks with Kieran Read down. He's had a reasonably quiet year by his standards. I was anticipating he might explode in this final. Not sure if we'll see it now.
  142. Penalty - Carter

    New Zealand 3-0 Australia

    Dan Carter

    Laser-beam concentration as Dan Carter leaves the stadium and crowd behind to focus on a small patch of leather.

    He connects sweet as a nut off the tee and the ball splits the sticks perfectly.

  143. New Zealand 0-0 Australia

    Ma'a Nonu

    Ma'a Nonu is a whirling dervish. Nehe Milner-Skudder takes the offload and steps inside. Scragged by his bootlaces.

    The Aussies are being run ragged. There must be a hole. The All Blacks up to within 10.

    The ball spins the other way, but Julian Savea is stopped by a tag-team of Israel Folau and Matt Giteau.

    Aussie hands on the floor though and Dan Carter is going to kick for the posts and the first points of this World Cup final. 

  144. New Zealand 0-0 Australia

    Ma'a Nonu

    A mismatch in midfield. Ma'a Nonu swerves outside prop Sekope Kepu and thunders deep into Aussie territory. 

    Panic stations for the green and gold. The All Blacks up to within five.

    But Sam Whitelock gets in the way of Aaron Smith's fizzing pass and although it goes backwards, Australia have time to reorganise and force the black tide back.

  145. New Zealand 0-0 Australia

    Will Genia clears the ball

    The All Blacks are hitting hard and fast in defence. Conrad Smith cuts Michael Hooper off at the knees, before Brodie Retallick charges down Will Genia's box-kick.

  146. Kick-off

    New Zealand 0-0 Australia

    Sam Whitelock

    Nigel Owens wrinkles his brow before blasting his whistle. Bernard Foley takes his time and launches the ball skywards.

    Sam Whitelock takes to the sky and claims the kick-off for the All Blacks.

  147. Lucky Twickers?

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  148. Kick-off next

    New Zealand v Australia (16:00 GMT)

    The haka

    The All Blacks launch into a rendition of the haka with more hiss and fizz than a vat of cola loaded with aspirins.

    The Australians stand impassive and unimpressed.

    Stick a fork in. We're ready.

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    Kylie

    Kylie Minogue is in the house!

    Australia's national siren, sorry Danni, adds her voice to a stirring rendition of Advance Australia Fair. 

    Now the haka...

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    Saidmadrid: Discipline, cool head and clinical finish will be key to lift the trophy

    Ricko: New Zealand @AllBlacks to win because they are immense, @pocockdavid will give them a hard fight.

  151. Anthem time

    New Zealand v Australia (16:00 GMT)

    The Red Arrows fly over the stadium

    Out come the two teams to a cavalcade of flame and noise.

    Overhead the Red Arrows buzz Twickenham Stadium spewing red, white and blue smoke in their wake.

    Anthem time and New Zealand get first stretch of the vocal cords.

  152. 'Get Carter'

    New Zealand v Australia (16:00 GMT)

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

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    Quote Message: I think Australia will target Dan Carter, they'll try and unruffle him and it could be the unraveling of the All Blacks."
  153. 'Bill' is in the house

    New Zealand v Australia (16:00 GMT)

    There is the day's main VIP.

    The William Webb Ellis trophy (Bill to many an Aussie) is plucked from a padded case and shown off to the crowd by former Australia captain and World Cup winner John Eales before being plonked on a pitchside plinth.

    Teams are in the tunnel.

    Webb Ellis Cup
  154. It's not just a game for the All Blacks

    New Zealand v Australia (16:00 GMT)

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
    Image caption: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is at Twickenham for the final
    Quote Message: I can't wait for the game but I'm very very nervous. Honestly, there have been governments changed in elections which happen shortly after All Black defeats.
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  156. 'It will be difficult for Hooper & Pocock'

    New Zealand v Australia (16:00 GMT)

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    The breakdown is going to be a crucial area but not necessarily as crucial as when other sides play Australia. When you have such expertise with the ball in hand those opportunities don't come along quite so often because the All Blacks will stay on their feet and it's much more difficult for Hooper and Pocock to get on the ball. 

  157. Forward huddle

    New Zealand v Australia (16:00 GMT)

    "Step away boys, the grown-ups have some serious talking to do."

    The All Black forwards huddle up for some pre-match psyche-up, without the backs getting in the way.

    New Zealand forwards